January 26, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! Our groups were able to view both the surface flows and ocean entries.There were multiple entry points along the .25 mi stretch of coast that lava is flowing into the ocean. The wind was blowing slightly onshore, but we were able to get a good view without breathing any of the bad fumes that occur as the lava hits the ocean. The surface flows were located just above the ocean entry. We weren’t able to get to the surface flows until the wind switched and once we got there we were able to view small rivers of lava. There was an ongoing deflation being recorded by the tiltmeter, which records the DI inflation-deflation of the Pu’u O’o vent and the Halema’uma’u crater and can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website. The deflation switched to inflation late on the night of January 25. The weather was great and the moon was out, making for a beautiful evening. Very good activity at this time. Until next post, Aloha!

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